Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. ~Deuteronomy 6:4-9
We are strongly encouraged to study the Word of God so deeply that the message of the Lord becomes fixed as a sign of whose we are on our very bodies, minds, and spirits. This is commanded so that through faithful study we may…
- come to know God better
- and through knowing God come to love God
- and through loving God come to be transformed more clearly into the image of God
- and through being transformed come to better love and serve God’s world
All who are interested in studying the Scripture for the coming Sunday are welcome to join us for our weekly Bible Study at Golden Sands Retirement Center on Tuesdays at 10am or contact the church office or Dave Hansen. Please check the calendar to learn about any change to the meeting time for the week.
Community Table is committed to continuing the ministry of Jesus by offering a meal to those in need. Community Table serves on average 120 free hot meals to those who are hungry each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30 pm. This ministry is supported by individuals and groups throughout the Peninsula, including the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, the Ocean Park United Methodist Church, the Peninsula Baptist Church, the Peninsula Senior Center, Empty Bowls at the Peninsula Church Center, and many more. The meals are prepared and served at Ocean Park Lutheran Church with the help of 8 teams of volunteers who prepare the meals, which can be picked up, delivered, or eaten at the church. Volunteers deliver meals to several people who are home-bound on the north end of the Peninsula. Menus vary from week to week, including items such as meat loaf, spaghetti, chili, Italian meat balls, Polynesian chicken, turkey and gravy or hamburger goulash. The meals also include vegetables, fresh fruit, and a cookie. Community Table is supported by donations from individuals and groups in the community. Donations can be sent in care of Ocean Park Lutheran Church.
We welcome any new volunteers to serve on one of the teams. All that is required is a willingness to be of service and a current food handler’s card. For further information, please contact the church office at 665-6344.
Prayer & Visitation
The prayers of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
The prayer group leads the congregation in lifting one another and the world up in prayer to God. In the midst of pain, illness, grief, and despair, praying for one another connects all of us with God and with each other. The loving presence of God and community has the power to bring healing of the body, mind, and spirit to individuals, relationships, and communities. We do not pray because we believe we can magically keep bad things from ever happening, but rather we pray to strengthen the connection between ourselves, the world, and the God who stays with us and strengthens us through the greatest joys and sorrows of life.
All are invited and encouraged to take home the weekly prayer list in the bulletin and include our list of people in your prayers. Those interested in attending the prayer group, please join us on Mondays at 10am or contact the church office or the Prayer Group Leader, Gulvie Lindberg. Please check the calendar to learn about any change to the meeting time for the week.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” ~Matthew 25:37-40
The Visitation Team provides care for members of this faith community by bringing communion to those who are homebound and visiting those who are lonely, in the hospital, or in prison. The Visitation Team Ministers are an extension of the love of God, this community of faith, and this congregation’s ministry of care.
All who are interested in using your gifts in support of this team’s mission, please join us for our monthly meetings on the 1st Monday of the month at 1pm or contact the church office or Pastor Adrienne. Please check the calendar to learn about any change to the meeting time for the month.
Visitation Meeting Schedule:
1pm – Visitation topic & Communion
1:30pm – 30 minute visits in pairs
3pm – Reporting back
3:30pm – Closing
As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we, Women of the ELCA, commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world. Through WELCA, the women of Ocean Park Lutheran actively promote the wellness of our community and the world by:
- hosting speakers throughout the year to talk about topics of concern for the community
- running the Yard Sale at Ocean Park Lutheran on Memorial Day Weekend
- holding the Christmas Bazaar at Ocean Park Lutheran in November
- supporting ELCA World Hunger, Community Table, Camp Victory, and other outreach ministries through fundraising and donations
- planning and implementing the Women’s Retreat in October at Falls Creek Retreat Center in Raymond, WA
- designing, assembling, and shipping quilts to Lutheran World Relief to be distributed throughout the world
- knitting prayer shawls for those in need of comfort, support, and prayers
All women are welcome to participate in the ministry of WELCA. Please join us for our monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday of the month at 12pm or contact the church office or Patti Pellerin. Please check the calendar to learn about any change to the meeting time for the month.
OPLC Quilters meet weekly to cut, sew, tie quilts, fellowship, and care for one another. These quilts are raffled to raise money for supplies and to support WELCA’s outreach efforts, given to families in need, and presented to our high school graduates. The majority of the quilts made are shipped twice yearly to Lutheran World Relief to bring warmth, comfort, love and prayers to people in need throughout the world. In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover, these quilts often serve as:
- a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s back
- a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables
- a sack for transporting those goods to market
- a sunshade
- a shawl
- most importantly, a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot
OPLC Quilters send around 100 quilts a year that are joined with quilts from other Lutheran Churches to allow LWR to send over 400,000 all over the world annually.
All are welcome (women and men alike) to participate in this ministry of quilting. Please join us on Mondays from 9am-12pm or contact the church office or Carol Payton. Please check the calendar to learn about any change to the meeting time.
Prayer Shawl Group
The OPLC Prayer Shawl Group meets weekly to knit and crochette shawls and arm warmers to be given to people experiencing illness, grief, or cold arms due to diabetes. These items are knit with prayers for the people who will receive them and then they are blessed in the midst of the OPLC faith community during Sunday worship. In addition to providing warmth, they extend the love of God and this faith community to a person who is in need of comfort, strength, and hope during a difficult time.
All are welcome (women and men alike) to participate in this prayer shawl ministry. This group meets offsite on Mondays at 3pm. Please contact the church office or Mary Ellen Langridge to find out the location and current schedule.